Idea Building (creative writing tips from Pencil Sketches, Modeling Clay and Fred Saberhagen)

  This post, at its heart, is an essay about developing ideas for writing projects. I’m no stranger to having ideas. Ideas are cheap. The implication that a good idea is all you need to write any work of fiction, from a short story to a multi-volumed series of books, is somewhat insulting. Especially to […]

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Outlander: Season 1 — a review

It was a confluence of forces that made watching the series Outlander my destiny. There’s the Ronald D. Moore connection. Of course. It’s the world’s worst-kept secret that I am a diehard Trekkie. Ronald D. Moore was responsible for almost everything we associate with Klingon culture. For TNG, he wrote the episodes “Sins of the […]

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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years — a documentary review

I may have seen parts of the documentary on television before. Parts of it seem very familiar. I am familiar with director Penelope Spheeris. She directed two comedy movies I liked a lot: Wayne’s World and the Chris Farley/David Spade Black Sheep. Spheeris also directed the “Bohemian Rhapsody” music video for Wayne’s World. The rumor […]

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